Northern Secondary School

April 29th, 2022

Thursday, May 5, 2022

Good Evening Northern Families,


We had an amazing Holocaust Remembrance Day experience yesterday. Thank you to our amazing audience (grade 10 students) for your attentiveness. Huge thank you to Ms. Leishman, Mr. Edwards, and our many student leaders who helped make sure the presentation by Michelle Glied-Goldstein went smoothly.


Report cards went out electronically today. You may have noticed a first message with last semester’s report. A second email should have arrived in your mailbox with the current semester reflected now. If you have not received a report card please reach out to for assistance.

School Activity Fees: We need your help! We have had 713 families contribute to our School Activity Fees this year. We currently have 1811 students registered at Northern. In order to continue providing the excellent co-curricular activities AND produce a high-end yearbook, we need your support. Please visit: to “purchase” your “Student Activity Fee”. Thank You!

Daily Announcements: A reminder that you can find daily announcements by scanning the QR Code shared last week or visiting the school website HERE and scrolling down to NSS Air – Daily Announcements.

Next Week:

  1. OSSLT Schedule: Period/ Block E 9:00-11:35, Period/ Block G 12:20-2:55. These schedules allow for writers to complete entire booklets of the test in one sitting.

Thursday- OSSLT Schedule: Period / Block F 9:00-11:35, Period/ Block H 12:20-2:55. These schedules allow for writers to complete entire booklets of the test in one sitting.


Grade 12 News: Prom is scheduled for Friday May 27th and will be held at the Arcadian Court. Tickets will be sold in the foyer May 3rd through 6th. Only Cash or cheque will be accepted with no post dated cheques accepted. The tickets cost $120.

Guest forms must be filled out and submitted when purchasing the tickets. For any further questions, check out our instagram @northernprom2022 or email the ESD through

Commencement is scheduled for Wednesday June 29th at 1pm. Commencement will take place at the University of Toronto’s Convocation Hall.

Conversation Starters: (follow-up and a new starter)

Follow Up: What is an Attitudinal barrier? How might these limit our ability to reflect on the thoughts above?

Some thoughts: An attitudinal barrier is made up of one’s life experiences and is impacted by socio-economics, religion, upbringing, cultural background and so on. Sometimes we might refer to this as the “lens” through which we see the world. The use of the word barrier is important because it indicates a block or deficit in our ability to perceive and interact with the world around us. Being self-aware is vital. We can’t just switch off our lived experiences- but we can start to understand how they shape our worldview and attitude. Removing these barriers can open up worlds of interaction and relationships we have missed out on.

The link to systemic barriers may now present as obvious. If our personal attitudinal barriers align with systemic barriers, we will fail to see them without serious PERSONAL reflection. This can then be followed by careful analysis and reflection on how the system arounds us reflects these attitudes.

This Week’s Conversation Starter: What makes you “who you are”? You may have done this activity before….what makes up your identity? Talk it over with whoever you live with. There’s a big laundry list here, and I will never get everything: gender, race, religion, cultural background, socio-economic background, friends, family, experiences and so on. What and whom has shaped who you are today? Follow up next week- this is a big enough question!

Northern Fashion Show in support of the United Way to take place in June!

Northern’s United Way Fashion Show Fundraising Team is excited to announce that fundraising for the fashion show is underway! At this time, we are looking for items for our silent auction which will take place the nights of the shows. If any Northern parents/guardians or their businesses have any items to donate to the auction, our team would really appreciate more donations to maximize our funds raised for United Way in our show this year! If donating to our silent auction is of interest to you, please fill out the form below. If you have any further questions please feel free to reach out to





Attention all Northern Musicians! The Music Council will be hosting Northern's first-ever outdoor spring concert, the Sounds of Spring on May 17th, after school on the back field. Whether performing a duet, rock medley or saxophone solo, all students, staff and Northern musicians are invited to perform! Auditions will be conducted from May 2nd to May 6th in Room 227 at lunch. You can sign up using the form which is also linked in the Music Council Instagram bio @nssmusic. Let's turn up the music Northern! Have a look at our POSTER


N.S.S. Cooperative Education Partners Wanted

Cooperative Education at Northern is made possible each year through the continuing support of placement supervisors, local businesses and employers. Strong community partnerships are essential in providing our students with the rich, relevant work experiences a good placement can provide.

As a Cooperative Education Partner, you can play a valuable role in helping a Northern student develop skills, knowledge and work habits they will remember and refer to throughout their lives. As well, these partnerships are mutually beneficial as our students will bring new ideas, fresh perspectives, enthusiasm, and additional support to your workplace.

We have a number of Northern students looking for Co-op placements in a variety of fields starting in mid-September, 2022/23. If you are interested in becoming a placement supervisor for one of our students or know of a local business opportunity, please email or to learn about how you can become a Northern Cooperative Education Partner.




School Council:


ARC Social - Thursday, May 5, 7-8:30 pm at Granite Brewery - Come and meet the parents! All parents of students with learning differences are invited to a social hosted by the Academic Resource Committee at the Granite Brewery (245 Eglinton Ave E. at Mt Pleasant. Free parking is beneath the pub). Join us for a time of informal conversation to share ideas and experiences about supporting our students at Northern. Appetizers will be provided; drinks will be cash and carry.

Consultation and Evidence-Based Practices for Effectively Working With Students With Autism Spectrum Disorder in Schools - Saturday, May 7, 10:30am - 12:30pm
All are welcome to attend this free presentation of the OISE Clinic Series. ​Dr. Carolyn Lennox will present information about how psychologists can provide consultative services, including evidence-based practice, to various stakeholders and at various tiers of service in the schools. Emphasis will be placed on strategies that can be encouraged by psychologists, for teachers in the classroom.




Northern Secondary School Foundation:


Attention parents of students in Grades 9-12. There is still time!!

Northern Secondary School Foundation awards an Award of Recognition to students in grades 9 to 12 whose work in the community reflects positively on Northern’s reputation.


We know that in the past 2 years, to reduce the spread of Covid, participation in community organizations or events , has been limited. But we know that many Northern students took the initiative to create activities to support those in need.

Tell us what you did in your community to deal with the challenges that the pandemic presented.

Go to and apply for the Award of Recognition!

For more information, contact us at




Operation Smile:

Hey Northern! Operation Smile is running a used book sale. Check out the books we have available, ranging in over fifteen genres, on Instagram @operationsmile.booksale . Follow the instructions on our Instagram page to purchase a book. All proceeds will go directly to Operation Smile, to help kids in developing countries with cleft lips and cleft palates. The book sale ends May 1st. Happy reading Northern :)




  1. Full Disclosure & Marks Maintain Date: May 6, 2022


  1. **UPDATE** TDSB SUMMER SCHOOL: Continuing Education (In-person) and eLearning REGISTRATION HAS BEEN DELAYED

e-Summer and Continuing Education advised schools on further

modifications that need to be made in e-Reg to provide a more stable registration

experience for students and counsellors.

Registration will likely begin for ConEd on May 2 and for e-Summer on May 9.


Differences between ConEd and ESummer Programming: Comparison Chart


TDSB eLearning website July session and August session tabs for important dates.


TDSB Continuing Education Summer School page



  1. Volunteer, Jobs & Programs - Lots and lots of opportunities being posted everyday! We are sharing summer opportunities for students in our Guidance Google classrooms.

Gr 9: kmv6fcz, Gr10: twdxca6, Gr 11: hfg74ws, Gr 12: u565fkg


Guidance Counsellor assignments:
Melanie Stassis – A, S, U-Z –
Leslie Usin-Rojas – B-E, T –
Jennifer MacPhee – F-H, K, L -
Andrew Primmer – I, J, M-R –


(May 4, 11)

(May 5, 12)

9:00-11:35 Block E or Block F
11:35-12:20 LUNCH
12:20-2:55 Block G or Block H

Lumenus Community Services:
Lumenus Community Services provides a registered psychotherapist , Dale Callender, on-site, full time at Northern, to work in partnership with the existing school support services. The service uses an early intervention model and supports students by allowing them easy and immediate access to mental health and counselling services provided through the In-School service. Dale Callender works in collaboration with TDSB staff in order to customize supports to enhance the mental health services that they may need and wish to access. This program allows Northern priority access to Lumenus’ mental health service program, and offers students a seamless referral process to other community programs as dictated by their individual needs.
If anyone would like to consult and /or set up a time to talk with Dale, you can contact him via his email at

Have a great weekend!
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